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ERIC Number: ED527590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 240
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-4956-7
ISSN: N/A
Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing up to Old School Culture
Olson, Kirsten
Teachers College Press
While reformers and policymakers focus on achievement gaps, testing, and accountability, millions of students mentally and emotionally disengage from learning and many gifted teachers leave the field. Ironically, today's schooling is damaging the single most essential component to education--the joy of learning. How do we recognize the "wounds" caused by outdated schooling policies? How do we heal them? In her controversial new book, education writer and critic Kirsten Olson brings to light the devastating consequences of an educational approach that values conformity over creativity, flattens student's interests, and dampens down differences among learners. Drawing on deeply emotional stories, Olson shows that current institutional structures do not produce the kinds of minds and thinking that society really needs. Instead, the system tends to shame, disable, and bore many learners. Most importantly, she presents the experiences of wounded learners who have healed and shows what teachers, parents, and students can do right now to help themselves stay healthy. [Forewords by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot and Parker J. Palmer.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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